By Tom Quiner
The rest of the media is catching up with Quiner’s Diner.
Last week, we wrote about the explosion of new government jobs under the Obama administration at the same time employment in the private sector has plummeted.
We wrote about how these government jobs are overwhelmingly directed to government unions who overwhelmingly support one political party (here’s a clue: it’s not the Republicans).
We wrote about how these government union jobs enjoy wages and perks that far surpass the private sector.
This story has finally trickled down to the Drudge Report. Here was their headline today:
“Obama redistribution victory: private pay plummets, government handouts soar.”
Here was a headline on the Des Moines Register this morning: “Federal work force isn’t facing cutbacks like private sector.”
Here was the USA Today’s headline: “Private pay shrinks to historic lows as gov’t payouts rise.”
The USA today quoted University of Michigan economist, Donald Grimes who said: “the trend is not sustainable. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. Government-generated income is taxed at lower rates or not at all. This is really important,” Grimes says.
The Register stated that “average compensation for federal civilian workers increased nearly twice as much as did the private sector from 2000 to 2008.” When you include all their perks and wages, the average federal civilian worker earns $119,982.
President Obama plans to add 274,000 MORE full-time civilian workers to the Executive Branch, HIS branch alone, by 2011. That doesn’t include the rest of the government.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that private sector, construction, manufacturing, and business services all lost more than 100,000 jobs in February. Even worse, the service-providing sector lost more than 375,000 jobs. On the other hand, government jobs continued to explode with 9000 new jobs in the same time period along with another 26,000 jobs in the education and health service fields.
The Obama/Pelosi/Reid team are pursuing a conscious course of action: to redistribute wealth. One of the savviest ways to do it is to transfer it to government unions who pay them back with campaign contributions and votes at election time. In fairness, that’s politics. But it comes at a price. The folks who pay the bills, namely the entrepreneurs and employees of America’s small businesses, have to sacrifice even more to support folks who live much better than they do.
Are you okay with that?